Friday, December 23, 2016

December 23-25 NTVTY VII

Jesus was an alien. This yearly event celebrates it.

The Xhurch is an Alberta former church and now current artist live, work, show, gallery, virtual reality haven and dream portal.

It fits in with its protagonist's larger documentation of former churches, repurposed: And it vibes with contemporary spiritual and mysticism admixing art and culture.

This Xhurch's churchly origin nativities have been remembered yearly for the last six years with artist-realized nativity scenes.

This is the seventh year.

And this year continues the virtual reality vector with Liminal Passage.

Musicians accompany the live VR and projected for all NTVTY. Honoring the Ghost Ship. Strongly recommended.

NTVTY VII at Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM-9+ Donations for the Ghost Ship family appreciated

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 18 Conceptual Physical Education

Physical Education, modern dancers, have been doing reading groups of short critical texts spanning art and culture. The texts are a collage, opening a creative portal, not a linear academic exercise.

Their latest event combines discussion, video, visual art and movement performance with Kalimah Abioto, Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, Keyon Gaskin, Allie Hankins, Maggie Heath, Sidony O'Neal, Sharita Towne, Stacey Tran, Takahiro Yamamoto and Lu Yim.

It all unfolds over two hours. The reading materials may be found at

Physical Educaion at Fortune Gallery and Press, nee HQHQ Objective 2235 W Burnside 4PM-6 Free

Thursday, December 15, 2016

December 15 Check Events for Cancellation

As of this writing no announcements on cancellations. Both have good public transit. Check their socials for updates, not this blog, I'm not planing to update it.

Full Cold Moon is group show by gallery artists: Dan Attoe, Katherine Bradford, James Lee Byars, Ellen Cantor, Joy Feasley and Tristin Lowe. It's contemporary work excepting the impressionistic acrylics of Bradford. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free

Site Line is a video documentary series narrating the people side of the art business. Tonight Disjecta shows the first 3 episodes focused on Portland artists Brenda Mallory, Victor Maldonado and Ryan Pierce with musical scoring original score by Quiet Image. Sight Line at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting - 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM Free

Friday, December 09, 2016

December 10-11 Crafty

Crafty Wonderland takes over the convention center this weekend. It's at the Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd. 11PM-6 Free

December 10 Snow Volt

Tonight modular synth performers Terror Apart, Dweomer, Juli Amore + Astro Warrior, Production Unit Xero, Angel 11, Holtech, Dr Strangeknob, Body Shame and Dumpshock perform music with Cysmic providing visuals. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 Free

December 10 ADX

ADX has Gifted, their annual craft sale in the space. It's at 417 SE 11th 10AM-7PM Free

December 9 Pep Rally

Pep Rally is an artist-organized show tonight from FO(u)RT and Danger Punch, with visual art and music.

FO(u)RT comprises Sarah Abbott, Jessie Spiess, Lauren Seiffert and Rachel Wolf, making minimalist work. Danger Punch is a collective of Kiel Fletcher, Tim Janchar and A. C. M. Lorish. Both groups are nee PNCA artists. They have invited some friends too: Terah Beth Baltzer Varga, Bryson Cone, Hey Lover, Cat Hoch, Pat Moriarity, Mark Palmen, Jason Quigley and Justin Varga.

It is in a building once the home to a sprawling art show The Modern Zoo show in 2003.

Pep Rally at MC5, 6635 N Baltimore. 6PM-9 Free

Saturday, December 03, 2016

December 3 Moon Show

Blue Moon camera is one of the few refuges of analog photography. Their customers source film and equipment, and can have all the chemical processing done there.

They have customers across the globe.

Once a year, for the last 14 years, they host a customer show of photography. They pick images from their workflow based entirely on impact.

The show is distributed between the Blue Moon store, Anna Bannanas, Leisure Public House and Proper Eats.

After the show viewing, they have a dance party at Proper Eats, because why not.

At Blue Moon Camera and other locations in St Johns. Reception 7PM-9, party at Proper Eats 9PM-11 Free

Thursday, December 01, 2016

December 1 Westside Art Openings+

Early December openings sometimes lack energy while the art world flees to Art Basel Miami, offshoot shows and art parties. It's in the 80's there now! Fortunately, we have many plus events beyond the NW arts neighborhood tonight.

Martin Luther King School is an arts and Mandarin immersion K-8 school off NE Alberta. As part of their art program, they have shows in their KSMoCA - King School Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a project with PSU's social practice group.

Tonight, early they present an Introduction to Galactic Alienology. It is a collaboration between the students at the school, artist Carson Ellis and her son, Hank Meloy.

The artists have illustrated imagined alien creatures.

Galactic Alienology at the Martin Kuther King School 4906 NE 6th 4PM-6 Free

Artist collective PDL presents The Bureau of Arts & Culture in Seattle's King Street train station. It updates Seattle as a "City of the Future," reprising the optimism of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, lensed through Seattle's contemporary artists today.

Artists in Seattle are facing being priced out of the city and a puzzling disinterest in creative exploration by the tech employee base. Around 2000, designers, artists, agency-types, musicians and tech were engaged in a fertile mix. Lately SF, Portland and Seattle are missing it.

The show includes reimaginations of King Street Station, EMP, Harbor Island, Woodland Park Zoo, Olympic Sculpture Park and other civic spaces.

The artists are also sponsoring a blood drive at the event where a pint of blood can be exchanged for art.

There is a story about the event at the Seattle Times and a Facebook event.

The Bureau of Arts and Culture at King Street Station 303 S Jackson St, Seattle 6PM-11:30 $5

Claudia Hart has Beneath the Veil, 3d printed sculpture, animation and photographs pondering visual identity processed through electronic media, abandoning natural depiction. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Sarah Gee Miller has The Spectacle and the Spectre, bright abstract geometric collage work from Vancouver, BC. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Love is a Pink Cake is a group show by Jacques Flechemuller, Justin L'Amie, Jeffry Mitchell and Storm Tharp. It departs from the usual cool minimalism of the gallery to engage baroque and playful. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Trish Grantham has new work and there are new international artist prints this month at Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM-10ish